The Lagos State government has said that the ban placed on unauthorised modes of movement of animals, especially live cattle, across the State still subsists, stressing that persons found culpable in this act will be prosecuted.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Oluwatoyin Suarau, stated this over the weekend while reviewing reports of animal transportation and stray animals.
Suarau noted that the menace of releasing cattle along major roads and highways within the metropolis is unacceptable, adding that the State Government is commitment to stopping illegal movement of animals across the state.
He explained that unauthorised movement of animals can lead to the spread of contagious disease such as anthrax, rabies, tuberculosis and other ailments aside from causing road accidents.
Suarau opined that it is necessary for the government to monitor the whole process of animal transportation and handling right from the animal markets to abattoirs, stressing that the Lagos State Government has handled significantly the transportation of live animals by the introducing the Metro Live Animal Transport, which has been very effective in transporting live animals across the metropolis.
The Commissioner added that the State Government has sent Agric-Marshals to all local government and local council development areas of the State as part of its stray animal control policy and to put an end to the menace releasing cattle along major roads and highways within the metropolis.
He urged members of the public to give the government their maximum support in implementing policies on movement and transportation of animals, adding that government has a standard for what a mega city mode of animal transit should look like.
He said: “Government has a model which is aimed at ensuring a healthy and hygienic transportation of meat within the metropolis. I therefore urge residents to give maximum support to government in the implementation of these policies.”
Suarau maintained that the commitment of the present administration towards the attainment of a standard animal handling model depends largely on cooperation of every resident of the state, adding that hygienic environment occupies the front burner of the present administration as a way to facilitate job and wealth creation as well as reduce poverty.